Opinion: The 3 Celtic questions as the transfer window gets ready to close
With the January transfer window closing in just over 24 hours time, we thought we’d take a look at what are the three biggest Celtic stories as the window gets ready to slam shut for another season.
By Celtic’s standards it has been a fairly quiet transfer window, but there could still be more comings and goings in the last moments of January. Celtic have in the past both sold and bought players in the last day of the transfer window in the summer and in January, so don’t be shocked if more business is done by the club as the window prepares to shut down.
WILL GEORGIOS GIAKOUMAKIS LEAVE CELTIC?
The speculation over Celtic striker Georgios Giakoumakis has been relentless for weeks, as the player has been linked with moves to both America and Japan, and he hasn’t been involved in the Celtic squad for the last two games.
With Hyeongyu Oh now in as probably Giakoumakis’ replacement, the time does seem to be right for the striker to be sold, but if no deal can be agreed to Celtic’s satisfaction, Giakoumakis could be at Celtic Park until the end of the season, and it would be interesting to see how often he plays if that is the case.
WILL CELTIC SIGN ANY MORE PLAYERS?
Celtic have signed four players in January, and all of them have already made their first-team debuts for the club, which can only be a good thing for the Bhoys, as Ange Postecoglou looks to evolve his side year-on-year as Celtic manager.
One question that needs to be asked is – will the Hoops sign any more players? If the answer is ‘no’ then the squad looks strong enough to compete domestically for the rest of the season. But perhaps depending on what happens with Georgios Giakoumakis, the Bhoys might decide to bring another striker in, but only time will tell on that front.
WILL ANY OF CELTIC’S FRINGE PLAYERS LEAVE THE CLUB?
There are some players in the Celtic squad who would really benefit from leaving the club in the next 24 hours. The likes of James McCarthy, Yosuke Ideguchi and Oliver Abildgaard would have a better chance of playing regular football if they moved on from Celtic Park.
There could well be interest in those fringe players, but the deal would, just like the Georgios Giakoumakis one, have to be right for the Hoops, but it would be a good idea if some of the fringe players departed even if it is on loan before the window closes, as it would benefit both the players and the club.
Craig Finch says:
30th January 2023 at 3:48 pm
30th January 2023 at 10:47 pm
If Giakoumakis is sold we should try and bring in Nisbett from Hibs would give us the third striker we have been looking for now we have a left sided centre back this gives Ange possibilty of playing 352 so a third striker needed in case of injuries to either or bothforwards.
Told by a very reliable source that the millwall deal collapsed due to an underlying knee issue…the collapse that it was personal terms is a red herring from hibees